Wake up, fellas, it's that time of year again. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and your sweethearts are dreaming up all sorts of special treats that they hope to receive from you on the day devoted to love.
Now, I'm sure that many of you are fully aware of the approaching holiday and have your hopelessly romantic plans well under way. For the rest of you slackers, however, here's a guide to what your girl wants (and what she'd rather do without) this Valentine's Day.
Regardless of our outward manner and appearance, all girls have a soft spot when it comes to romance and Valentine's Day. You can never go wrong with the classics: a tasty heart-shaped box of chocolates, lovely rose bouquet and a mushy card. If you can't afford roses, any flowers will do, as long as they are fresh and don't make her sneeze.
As far as cards go, try as best as you can to match the personality of your sweetheart with the card. Many girls would appreciate a hand-made card, but if you're not the artistic type, spend a few minutes trolling the greeting card isles of a supermarket or party store. As a general rule, stay away from inappropriate or crude jokes, because many girls don't find cards like those as amusing as most guys do. Otherwise, it's up to you -- don't be afraid to buy her a comical card, but sweeten it up with a little sentimental note at the bottom.
Chocolates, like flowers, are pretty hard to mess up. A few words for the wise, however --please make sure that your sweetheart is not allergic to nuts or any of the other ingredients in an assorted box of chocolates. Anaphylactic shock might ruin your otherwise lovely gift.
Although I have yet to meet a girl who does not love chocolate, there are those of us who might prefer a cute little stuffed animal that plays romantic songs when squeezed. Teddies bearing (get it?) loving messages or adorned with hearts are a Valentine's Day staple. They have the advantage of being fairly inexpensive and easy to find -- even Wegmans has a good assortment. Go for the most unique bear you can find, or perhaps find another cute little Valentine's Day stuffed animal (such as a monkey, frog, or kitten, to name a few). The more singular the gift, the more special it will be.
Originality is always an asset when it comes to romantic gift-giving. Your sweetheart is likely to love any gift that shows that you know her well, like tickets to her favorite band's local concert or those cupcake earrings that she admired on your last trip to the mall. Think about your sweetheart's interests and passions, and then try to come up with a gift that would be both useful and sweet. Even the most mundane gift can be hopelessly romantic if it fits her well enough, so use your imagination and show her you care.
Instead of giving gifts, some couples might prefer to make plans to do something special on the day of love. A trip to Alethea's at 8301 Main St. in Williamsville will hit the spot if you're looking for something sweet. Other ideal eateries include Fowler's Chocolate on Elmwood Avenue, Sorrentino's, Left Bank and Campobello's. A trip to the movie theater is also an easy romantic getaway, although it has the disadvantage of not encouraging much conversation. A trip to Frog Hair on Transit Road in East Amherst will afford you and your sweetheart a chance to have a laugh over mini-golf and great food.
Strapped for cash? You can still give your sweetheart a Valentine's Day that she'll always remember. She may very well swoon for a stroll through a snow-covered park, preferably complete with your coat around her shoulders. Holding hands while traipsing along a glistening path is admittedly adorable, but to make it even more memorable, try building a snowman or having a snowball fight -- just make sure that she doesn't mind getting wet and a little cold. Alden Winterfest occurs at various locations in the village of Alden, and includes a bonfire and ice skating from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in Town Park, tethered hot air balloon rides 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and a Valentine teen dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the ACTS Beacon Cafe.
Opera-Lytes will present a concert of Broadway hits, including the music of Cole Porter, at the Amherst Community Church (77 Washington Hwy in Snyder) at 7:30 pm on Saturday. $10 at the door.
The Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Manor Road, has a twilight skate from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and public skates from 1 to 2:40 p.m. and 7 to 8:20 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $6 a person, $3 for an Amherst resident with a recreation card.
Regardless of what you end up doing for Valentine's Day, it's the thought that counts. If all else fails, simply write your sweetheart a heartfelt note; sometimes the simplest gifts can be the very best. It's pretty hard to go wrong with whatever you decide to do -- just make sure you don't forget!
Nell Meosky is a junior at Williamsville East